I met Alpha in 2005 when he enrolled in an Adult Education class I was teaching. He had just arrived in Omaha from a refugee camp in Sierra Leone where he lived for 12 years after fleeing the violent civil war in Liberia.
From the time he arrived in the U.S. he has been a self-sufficient, working, tax-paying Omahan. He also helps to support family still in Liberia. In 2011 he achieved his U.S. citizenship! In 2012 he was diagnosed with kidney failure, started dialysis, and was placed on the transplant waiting list. He continued to work, at times 2 jobs, until his illness forced him to quit.
Now, just 1 month after the surgery, he is working again. He also wants to return to classes at the Community College to continue pursuing an Associates Degree in business. I have always been impressed with his optimism and persistence in everything he does, despite the many hardships he has faced.
Please consider making a donation to ease some of the burden for Alpha. Thank you.
- Lars Erickson
- Verity Swaney
- John Becker
- Lisa Erickson
Organizer and beneficiary
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